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Eating Mistakes That Can Damage Your Kidneys

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Your kidneys lower your body acid burden. As kidney failure progresses, acid tends to accumulate in your system, causing severe harm
  • A high-acid diet can deteriorate your kidney function and accelerate the progression of kidney disease
  • Any diet high in fruits and vegetables and low or devoid of processed foods and dairy products will be lower in acid
  • Anything that helps improve diabetes will also improve kidney health. This includes fasting or time-restricted eating and exercise
  • High-protein diets can also damage your kidneys, thanks to the ammonia generated. To protect your renal health when eating a high-protein diet, add in more fruits and vegetables to buffer the acid created

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